Mercedes had an amazing weekend in Silverstone as both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas finished first and second, respectively, at the British Grand Prix. The win for Hamilton marked his fifth career Grand Prix victory in his home country and has brought him within one point of Sebastian Vettel in the driver standings. Bottas also had an impressive day as he greatly recovered from a ninth place start to allow him second place. Both drivers will be happy they are now 55 points ahead Ferrari in the Constructors Championship.
Both Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel had great starts to the British Grand Prix; Raikkonen started out in second on the Grid with Vettel right behind in third. Each of them maintained good positions throughout the race, while fending off Renault Driver Nico Hulkenberg, as well as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Despite hold second place up until the 49th lap, Raikkonen fell behind Bottas after his front left tire suffered a puncture. Luckily he only fell one place in the grid while Vettel experienced the same problem and fell to seventh.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished just off the podium in fourth place, and Daniel Ricciardo came in fifth. Both drivers fought the entire race for these positions, especially Ricciardo who started from 19th position. Verstappen continued to fight with Vettel for the majority of the race as they exchanged positions a few times through overtakes and pit stops. Clearly these two have not given up on the season and will continue to fight for higher positions in both the Driver and Constructors Championships.
Formula 1 heads to Budapest on July 28th for qualifying at the Hungaroring.